Grayson Perry: The Life of Julie Cope


18 November 2017 – 18 February 2018   

Firstsite, Colchester, is delighted to announce The Life of Julie Cope, an exhibition of works by the Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry.

The show is made up of four large-scale tapestries, as well as material related to A House for Essex (2015), the building designed by Perry in collaboration with Charles Holland of FAT Architecture. An ornate ceramic-clad, gingerbread-like edi ce, A House for Essex serves as a secular chapel to the memory of a ctional Essex woman, Julie Cope. Situated overlooking the scenic Stour Estuary in the village of Wrabness in north-east Essex, the House is both an artwork in itself and the setting for a number of works by Perry that explore the special character and unique qualities of the county. A House for Essex was commissioned by Living Architecture, which was founded to change public perceptions about modern architecture by building houses that are rented by the public for holidays. 

Pictured above: Grayson Perry, In Its Familiarity, Golden, 2015, tapestry, 290 x 343 cm. Published by Paragon © Grayson Perry Courtesy the artist, Paragon | Contemporary Editions Ltd and Victoria Miro, London 

For images and more information please contact:
Mark Inglefield,, + 44 (0) 20 73 88 09 97


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